Today in Contralto History

Birthdays in Music

  • 1823-05-17 Charlotte Sainton-Dolby, English contralto and composer, born in London (d. 1885)
  • 1873-02-01 Clara Butt, Southwick Sussex, contralto (Country of Hope & Glory)

Person of interestMarian Anderson

1897-02-27 Marian Anderson, American contralto and celebrated singer (My Lord, What a Morning), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1993)

  • 1912-04-22 Kathleen Ferrier, English contralto singer (Orfeo Ed Evridice), born in Higher Walton, Lancashire (d. 1953)
  • 1924-05-02 Aafje Heynis, Dutch singer (contralto), born in Krommenie, Netherlands (d. 2015)
  • 1927-12-07 Helen Watts, British contralto, born in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales (d. 2009)
  • 1930-07-25 Maureen Forrester, Canadian operatic contralto (Ressurection Symphony), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2010)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1943-07-17 One of the world's greatest contraltos Marian Anderson (46) weds architect Orpheus H. Fisher in Bethel, Connecticut


Deaths in Music

  • 1885-02-18 Charlotte Sainton-Dolby, English contralto and composer, dies at 61
  • 1936-11-17 Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Austrian contralto (b. 1861)
  • 1953-10-08 Kathleen Ferrier, English contralto singer (Orfeo Ed Evridice), dies at 41

Person of interestMarian Anderson

1993-04-08 Marian Anderson, American contralto and celebrated singer (My Lord, What a Morning), dies of congestive heart failure at 96

  • 2010-06-16 Maureen Forrester, Canadian operatic contralto (Ressurection Symphony), dies at 79
  • 2015-12-16 Aafje Heynis, Dutch singer (contralto), dies at 91